Review of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Science Fiction Audiobook - Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
By Suzanne Collins; Read by Carolyn McCormick
11 Hours, 41 Minutes – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Scholastic Audiobooks
Published: 2009
Themes: / Science Fiction / Dystopia / Government / Survival / Reality Television /

Catching Fire is an excellent book, staged about six months after Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the Hunger Games in Book 1. In this one, Katniss and Peeta head off for their victory tour, a trip around each of the 12 districts, ending with the capital, then their district.

Just before leaving, Katniss receives a visit from the President. There is unrest in the districts, some are preparing to rebel, and the president blames Katniss and her act of defiance during the televised Hunger Games. The President tells her that she must not only convince the districts, but him as well that her stunt was and act out of love, not out of rebellion. Things become more difficult when a Quarter Quell is announced, which occurs every 25 years. This throws Katniss and Peeta both back into the line of fire.

Suzanne Collins, the author, has written another great book. However, it follows the same basic storyline as the first book. Even so, there are a few things in it that are very surprising. I would not discourage anyone from listening to it. It is still a wonderful story.

Carolyn McCormick, the reader, did an excellent job once again. She read the parts very well. I really enjoyed listening to it. I really don’t have anything negative to say.

Posted by Danielson Kid (age 15)

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2 thoughts to “Review of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins”

  1. I don’t remember if I commented on The Hunger Games or not, but I listened to that audiobook, and it was EXCELLENT. Looking forward to hearing this one. Both of my kids are demanding that I listen, so it comes with the highest possible recommendation. he he

    On another note, I like “Twilight” less and less the more I think about it – Katniss in “The Hunger Games” is a positive, strong female character that I am pleased that my kids identify with. Bella in “Twilight” is the opposite, imo.

  2. I sat through two chapters of Twilight. It nearly killed me. I found my sampling to be constituted of an average of 97.5% pining by volume.

    I find that 0.01% of pining per chapter is my maximum tolerable before I go into anaphylactic convulsions.

    Perhaps the FDA should step in?

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